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The historic initiative of the AFC to build national unity ……. Nagamootoo letter

The historic initiative of the AFC to build national unity could pull us back from the brink

March 2, 2015 · By Stabroek News -Letter · Comments

Dear Editor,

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Moses Nagamootoo

If Sri Lanka can do it, after years of fighting, so can we!

It is with some reluctance that I have decided to engage Mr. Hydar Ally after reading his letter captioned `The AFC has taken a big political gamble’ which appeared in the SN of February 27th.

Mr. Ally said that political analysts were of the view that the alliance with APNU could very well be the end of the AFC.

Well, Sir, for a political scientist you have taken too much liberty to pronounce the death sentence based on self-serving views of “political pundits”, all of whom I presume are “Chatrees”. I trust that you could find equally authoritative pronouncements by Dr. Cheddi (Joey) Jagan and Mr. Ralph Ramkarran, both of whom were PPP/C candidates in 2011, but who believe sincerely that a national coalition is the way to go.  Continue reading

Bollywood Needs a Serious Makeover! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Bollywood Needs a Serious Makeover! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to clean up India. He will do well to start with Bollywood.

‘Jai Santoshi Ma’In recent times the Indian film industry has spread its influence to nearly every part of India, and even abroad, where its mindless and garish depictions have assaulted the intelligence in many living rooms. But this was not always the case.

One of the first superstars in the Indian cinema was Mahipal. He starred in over 100 movies and his last movie ‘Jai Santoshi Ma’ (1975) set records in the industry [read more].  In those days Bollywood idealized womanhood and the family and the epics left messages of the enduring values of love and devotion.

Bollywood today spends millions copying from Hollywood, converts the stories for the Indian audience and then remakes that after a few years. The copy and the remake of the copy, with eminently forgettable songs, weak story lines and sexual images have resulted in Bollywood sinking to a new low.  Continue reading

Where are the promising West Indies batsmen? – By Tony Cozier

Where are the promising West Indies batsmen?

By Tony Cozier  – February 28, 2015
Jermaine Blackwood

Jermaine Blackwood

Jermaine Blackwood, who made a good impression in his debut Test series, has only averaged 27 so far in the PCL © WICB Media Photo/Randy Brooks

For those everywhere who belong to the extended informal West Indies Cricket Admiration Society, the loss to Ireland in the World Cup opener and Friday’s trouncing at the hands of AB de Villiers and his merciless South Africans would have been as depressing as it is for West Indians themselves.

The constantly repeated cliché that “world cricket needs a strong West Indies” is based on fond memories of the unique brand of excitement provided by their great teams and players of the past. They filled the stands everywhere they went, once with 90,800 Australians on the Saturday of a Test at the MCG and close to 100,000 Indians whenever they played at Eden Gardens; through the 1980s they were not only widely popular but unbeatable.  Continue reading

Women in Black History – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Women in Black History  – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

  • [The well-known names surface in the media when special events are celebrated. But how about those who made their contributions and are not in the limelight? The purpose of this article is to highlight the activities of these lesser known women so that readers can appreciate their work and legacies. ]
Dorothy Height (1912-2010)

Dorothy Height (1912-2010)

Light drives out darkness and love conquers hate. If the times aren’t ripe, then you have to ripen the times, Dorothy Height reminds us.

When one looks at the contributions of black women in history it becomes clear that they were undeniable sources of light and love. The literature is filled with examples of the rich and royal roles that black women have filled and how they were able to inspire others. We find that the impact of black women is often overlooked in the literature. Black women have housed, fed, cared for their families and faced the brunt of wars and pestilences. They have played important roles in freedom movements and in so doing inspired others to face the future with confidence.  Continue reading

Guyana- Capitol TV News Videos – 26 February 2015

Guyana- Capitol TV News Videos – 26 February 2015

  • Medical assistance to gov’t ministers, officials revealed
  • Some rice industry leaders point to impending crisis; want PPP voted out
  • Minibus operators reject proposal for drop in fares
  • Sugar, other FITUG reps say no democracy in Guyana
  • McCoy in rant over coverage of disruptive behavior
  • Parliament to be dissolved this weekend
  • Sports

Click links below to view the TV News Videos:  

Medical assistance to gov’t ministers, officials revealed

Posted: 26 Feb 2015 05:09 PM PST   Continue reading

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 25 February 2015

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 25 February 2015

  • UG described as “National Disgrace” as strike continues
  • Sam Hinds refuses discussion on why he was shunned by the PPP
  • 6, 000 solar panels for Amerindian, riverain communities
  • Sukhai in communist joke at bizarre ceremony
  • Nursing students protest relocation
  • A Look at the Courts
  • Sports

Click links below to view the TV News videos:  Continue reading

Clive Thomas the intellectual and activist – By Nigel Westmaas

Clive Thomas the intellectual and activist

February 23, 2015 · By Nigel Westmaas – Nigel Westmaas teaches at Hamilton College

Clive Thomas

Clive Thomas

Any attempt to analyze or summarize the vast repertoire of Clive Thomas’s work in a single article is a daunting task. For over five decades the academic and political contributions of Thomas, who retired from the University of Guyana at the end of 2014, have helped shape intellectual and economic thinking in the Caribbean and beyond. More specifically, as economist, trade unionist, and politician, Thomas has contributed immensely to the political and social landscape of his native Guyana.

In the DiasporaThe contours and impact of Thomas’s overall work; his contribution to regional thinking not only in “third world” economics but the global economy and its operations; and his forthright support of the working class and the poor and the powerless in Guyana and the region are enormous.   Continue reading

Jokes from the Pope on Mother’s-in-Law – video

Published on Feb 21, 2014

Ellen found some footage of the Pope cracking a joke to his audience. Looks like he’s on his way to a promising standup career.

Alliances and Compromises in Guyana’s Politics – By Ralph Ramkarran

Alliances and Compromises in Guyana’s Politics

Ralph Ramkarran

   Ralph Ramkarran

By Ralph Ramkarran – February 21, 2015 conversationtree.gy blog

The Cummingsburg Accord is only the latest in the history of alliances in Guyana’s post-war politics. The PPP emerged out of informal class and ethnic alliances in 1950. The PNC-UDP sought to merge African working and middle classes in the 1950s, with some resistance. The ‘moderate’ PNC came together with the ‘right wing’ UF in 1964. The opposition formed the little known VLD (Vanguard for Liberation and Democracy) in the late 1970s and the PCD in 1985, which comprised groups of differing ideological persuasions. The WPA emerged out of an alliance of several left/radical groups.

The PPP sought to engage the PNC by ‘critical support’ in 1976. In 1977 the PPP offered to sacrifice the presidency and take the second spot of prime minister in a new constitutional formula outlined in the National Patriotic Front in the interests of national unity. It was the epitome of political magnanimity in Guyana’s modern political history. The PPP saw working class unity and the strengthening of the left trend initiated by the PNC Government, as the outcome. It was rejected.   Continue reading

Cricket History Profile: Roy Fredericks of Guyana – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine + video

Cricket History Profile: Roy Fredericks of Guyana  [see video below]

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Roy Fredericks

Roy Fredericks

Who hits Dennis Lillee for a six and steps on his wicket in the process? The batsman is the incomparable Roy Clinton Fredericks and this happened in the finals of the World Cup in 1975 at Lords.

Fredericks was fearless, and his repertoire comprised a full range of strokes, including the famous hooks that put Australia to the sword in 1976. In the annals of West Indian cricket there was hardly an opening batsman that was more attacking and the partnership with Gordon Greenidge set the standard for stability in the top of the order. How did this son of Guyana rise to the top to open the batting for the West Indies, chosen as Wisden Cricketer of the Year (1974), played for Glamorgan and also become a Sports Minister in his native Guyana?

Roy Fredericks was born at Blairmont on the West Coast of Berbice in Guyana. He learned his cricket at primary school where he became a spin bowler and batted left-handed.   Continue reading

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